You can really rely on BMW
B MW produces the most reliable company cars in the UK and Ford the most reliable vans, according to a survey of the 50 largest contract hire and leasing companies.
The German car maker repeated its double victory in last year's Fleet News FN50 survey coming top as most reliable car manufacturer as well as having three cars in the top 10 with the top spot taken by the 3 Series. In fact it was a good year for German brands with the Volkswagen Golf moving up one place from last year and the third-placed Audi A4 is five positions higher than in 2011.
The Honda Civic (predominantly the 2006-2011 model) takes fourth place after a brief absence from the top 10 and Honda demonstrates its consistence in producing reliable cars with the Accord in fifth position, retaining a long record in the top five of the survey.
The lower half of the top 10 contains three cars absent from the rankings in 2011, the first being the Mercedes-Benz C-Class in sixth place, one position ahead of the Audi A3.
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The BMW 1 Series and Ford Focus scored equal points to achieve joint eighth place and the final place in the top 10 is taken by the BMW 5 Series, proving the latest version of the car is as reliable as its predecessor.
Tim Abbott, managing director at BMW UK, says: "To have three of our biggest selling cars in the top ten is a fantastic achievement and our customers will take great heart from realising they not only drive a class-leading car in terms of efficiency and driving pleasure but also one that is the most reliable too.
"To have the BMW 3 Series crowned the most reliable company vehicle in a car parc of nearly 600,000 UK cars is quite a statement and no other manufacturer can boast three big selling models in the top ten to take the honour of most reliable outright manufacturer. Both titles are for the second year in a row.''
The UK's most popular van is also the most reliable. The Ford Transit came top of the van reliability survey and Ford's small van, the Transit Connect, retained its second place from a year ago. Last year's top performing model, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, took third place. Volkswagen's most popular vans, the Transporter and the Caddy are fourth and fifth respectively, retaining top five positions.
Mark Ovenden, managing director, Ford of Britain said: "Ford is extremely proud that the Ford Transit and Ford Transit Connect have taken the top two spots in this reliability survey which is based on hard facts. This is a tribute to the passion and dedication of our designers and engineers at Dunton who make quality the highest priority, and which has kept Ford at the top of the UK Commercial Vehicle market for over 46 years."